Saturday, August 9, 2014

When I Fall in Love {a LitFuse review}

The third novel in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren, is one I purchased and then asked to review.  I didn't mean to double up!

But I like Susan May Warren's work, especially her Deep Haven books.

This one was certainly worth paying for. 

The series is about the Christiansen family -- a group of six grown children -- with each novel focusing primarily on one of the siblings.  Grace, the middle daughter, is at the center of this one.

I found myself really liking Grace.

I think this may be my favorite Susan May Warren novel yet.  Part of it, I am sure, has to do with having read most of her works now, and this novel had so many of her previous characters included in various scenes.  The older Christiansen siblings, of course, who both get married in this novel.  But there are also appearances by characters of other Deep Haven books.  

A main theme in this novel has to do with dealing with fear.  Grace is clearly afraid of stepping out of her comfortable life, but her siblings practically force her to at least do a little.  Max is afraid to love anyone, knowing he has a genetic disease that will almost certainly cut his life short.

How do you trust God outside of what seems comfortable and safe?

This novel has believable characters, who tend to be in fairly extreme situations.  Locations "feel" real, as do the interactions between characters.  It is so easy to end up completely immersed in the Deep Haven world.

Susan May Warren's newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love,  has won over readers' and critics' hearts alike. With critical reviews like, ". . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem," and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.

Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you're not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan's blog on the 13th to see if you won!


Disclaimer:  I received this book through LitFuse Blog Tour.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

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